Expertise

Areas of Expertise | Range of Treatment

Dr Bradbury is trained and experienced in a range of psychological treatment methods including:

Psychotherapeutic counselling: the aim of such counselling is to work together with the client in order to understand the concerns and difficulties which are encountered, to help explore the meaning that is placed on them, to review emotional responses and to find ways of coping. This is a collaborative effort which will often draw on past experience to understand current responses. The aims are to discover and strengthen internal resources and external support.

Personal Construct Therapy (PCT): This is based on the theory that the world is perceived by a person depending on what meaning the person applies to it, and the person has freedom to choose a different meaning. We are not victims of our biography and can be liberated by reconstructing events in the past, present and future. Therapy involves the use of repertory grids in order to explore the client’s self-awareness and develop alternative self-constructs which are more useful to psychological well-being.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This therapy is based on an understanding of the mutually reinforcing nature of cognitions, emotional responses and behaviour. The client and psychologist work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The focus is on the here and now, with time-limited goals. The strategies used are inherently empowering, with the aim of developing practical psychological skills to enable the client to tackle his or her problems, now and in the future.

Mindfulness: the aim of mindfulness is learning to be aware of the present moment, without judgement or reflection. The aim is to “hold” present physical and psychological sensations without trying to get rid of them. To learn to tolerate and contain them.

A Statement: People do not fit neatly into categories, and whilst it is important to have training in therapeutic techniques such as these, I find that in practice, I will use aspects of different therapies depending on the issues addressed and the individual need. For example, it may be useful to use a PCT repertory grid to move the process forward when thinks are sticking, and then use CBT methods to build on what has been learned. Psychotherapeutic counselling techniques underpin much of what I do, and the concept of mindfulness can be of great benefit to people with physical illness.

I work with children, adolescents and adults, and therapy needs to be adaptive to all.

My particular work has been in developing therapeutic techniques for people with disfigurement, congenital or acquired, and those struggling to cope with chronic pain and physical ill-health.